2017-12-14 21:27:03 UTC
Imagine a World Without ScienceAsslifters have been living in such a world for centuries.
It's interesting that Islamic progress in math and science stopped dead in
its tracks when Ulug Beq of Samarkand, the "Galileo of Islam," dared to
state that the Koranic version of the universe was all wrong. The mullahs
had him murdered and it's been downhill for the Muslim world ever since. The
Europeans played catch-up and left Islam behind in the dust.
There are myriad factors in the Islamic decline, but the decline itself has
been irreversible. Muslims never turn it around. They've never had their
reformation that breaks down the one true path. You're either Sunni or Shia
or perhaps a Sufi offshoot cult. And the reason Indonesia has a chance is
that it's never signed up for one path.
In the West science and religion went their separate paths during the
Reformation and the rest is history. All other fundamentalist civilizations
were left in the dust. Just think, even after all these centuries, the
Islamic world has yet to experience a Renaissance, a Reformation, or an Age
of Enlightenment. Were it not for real you'd think it was a figment of some
hack screenwriter's imagination.
It's up the folks in Ayatollaland to decide whether they want to leave the
Middle Ages. For all of the oil revenue that has flowed into the wealthier
Arab countries, consider the overall state of the Arab world:
* It does not produce a single manufactured product of sufficient quality to
sell on world markets.
* Arab productivity is the lowest in the world.
* It contains not a single world-class university.
* The once-great tradition of Arab science has degenerated into a few
research programs in the fields of chemical and biological warfare.
* No Arab state is a true democracy.
* No Arab state genuinely respects human rights.
* No Arab state hosts a responsible media.
* No Arab society fully respects the rights of women or minorities.
* No Arab government has ever accepted public responsibility for its own